The Lion King

When: May 7-June 2 2013

Disney’s 1994 animated feature held me spellbound as a kid, its coming-of-age story combining epic adventure, intrigue and comedy in an elegant fashion that might elicit a grin from Will Shakespeare. Without even considering the great songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, the piece seems tailor-made for Broadway — but how the heck do you get dozens of animals from the African savannah to sing and dance? Oscar- and Tony-winning film and theater director Julie Taymor worked with renowned puppeteers to create fantastic, elaborate hybrid puppet-costumes with roots in a variety of theatrical traditions, through which seasoned performers deliver the captivating tale of a young lion who must face down his evil uncle and restore the balance in the Circle of Life. Winner of five Tonys on its inaugural run, The Lion King is one of the five longest-running Broadway productions of all time. “Hakuna Matata” may be a problem-free philosophy under many circumstances, but don’t wait too long to get tickets: The show broke attendance records during its last visit to TPAC in 2006.

Stephen Trageser

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